Two computer science sophomores are using the skills they gained in the Freshman Research Initiative to program flying robots and show them off to other students on campus. Robert Lynch and Matt Broussard, who were both involved in the Autonomous Intelligent Robotics FRI stream run by Dr. Peter Stone, had different ways of arriving in computer science but say research has enriched their undergraduate experience more than anything else.

The stream’s ultimate goal is something called the building-wide intelligence project, which will fully integrate the Gates Dell Complex with robotic intelligence, designed in part by Lynch and Broussard, to aid people around the building. The pair now demo their quadcopters from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every Monday in the GDC atrium. They allow students to try a device that lets them steer the copter just by adjusting the angle of their hand over a sensor pad.

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